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Anthony Edwards stars in Timberwolves’ Game 1 win over Suns

MINNEAPOLIS (FOX 9)It’s Anthony Edwards’ world, and we’re all just living in it.

The Minnesota Timberwolves superstar guard put on a show Saturday in a 120-95 win over the Phoenix Suns to open the Western Conference Playoffs, and made Kevin Durant hear it. Edwards had 33 points and took over the game with 18 of them in the third quarter.

“Give him the ball. Fun to watch and in the past he has seen those runs lead to a bad run. You can see from the growth that he played under control and continued to make the right plays,” said Timberwolves- coach Chris Finch after the game. to win. “If he does those things, he can control a game.”

He hit a 3-pointer in the final minute of the third to give the Timberwolves an 86-70 lead, and Durant let it be heard all the way back on the floor. Durant’s reaction was priceless: he smiled, laughed and mostly ignored it.

“I think everyone here knows that’s my favorite player of all time. That was probably one of the best feelings ever in my entire life,” Edwards said.

Edwards shot 14 of 24 from the floor, 4 of 8 from three-point range. That’s after starting the game with four turnovers and two fouls in the first quarter. When he was interviewed after the game on Bally Sports North, fans chanted, “MVP!”

“Believe that!” said Edwards. “He was a special man, but it’s only one game. It’s only one game, we still have three games to win.”

Karl-Anthony Towns added 19 points, seven rebounds and four assists, and Nickeil Alexander-Walker and Naz Reid combined for 30 points off the bench. Rudy Gobert had 14 points and 16 rebounds, while Vikings star Justin Jefferson and former star Adrian Peterson watched the court.

Durant led the Suns with 31 points, but didn’t get much help from the Suns’ other stars.

Edwards was the star, but Naz Reid might have had the play of the game. He stole all over the floor in the fourth quarter, and the 6-10 center beat Bradley Beal on a reverse layup that lit up the Target Center crowd and had the entire Timberwolves bench in awe. Reid finished with 12 points.

Timberwolves fans were wondering what Game 1 would look like after a 125-106 loss to the Suns to end the regular season and cement this playoff matchup. Minnesota was more than ready and showed that going 0-3 against Phoenix in the regular season means nothing when it comes to playoff time.

“We had to take our game to another level. We played hard, we played desperate basketball with a chip on our shoulder, which we did early in the season when we were trying to establish ourselves,” Finch said. “The boys did a good job of coming out hungry and with something to prove.”

Game 2 is scheduled for Tuesday night at Target Center.